A mother who gave birth got a surprise when her baby boy arrived clutching her failed contraceptive device.
These startling images show a tiny baby boy who was born holding his mother’s intrauterine device in his hand.
The incident took place at Hai Phong International Hospital in northern Vietnam and the images of the newborn have since been widely shared on social media.
In the photos, the baby boy can be seen with his eyes closed holding the yellow and black intrauterine device (IUD).
Obstetrician Tran Viet Phuong said the device had come out when the baby was born.
The infant is seen holding it firmly in his hand in several photos.
“After delivery, I thought him holding the device was interesting, so I took a picture. I never thought it would receive so much attention,” Phuong told local media.
The baby’s 34-year-old mother had reportedly had the IUD inserted two years earlier but it did not work as she later discovered she was pregnant.
Phuong said the IUD may have been moved from its original position, becoming an ineffective form of contraception and allowing the mother to become pregnant.
The baby was healthy when born, weighing 3.2kgs and both mother and child were under observation in the hospital after the birth.
The mother had previously had two other children, according to reports.
An IUD, also known as the coil, prevents sperm from being able to fertilise a woman's eggs and can work by either releasing copper or hormones after being inserted into a woman's uterus.
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